Advocacy

The Advocacy Committee is charged with supporting efforts to foster the integration of education abroad as an essential component of U.S. higher education. Advocacy efforts will focus on barriers that prevent better integration of education abroad into the institutional mission, and strategies to address challenges.

While many institutions across the U.S. have made education abroad a critical component of the institutional mission, and many others recognize the importance of education abroad in theory if not in practice, education abroad remains largely marginal to the heart of the institutional mission for the majority of students at the majority of institutions. The committee seeks to support ongoing efforts to move education abroad to the center of the higher education mission through advocacy for:

  1. Internal and external alliance building and investment in education abroad;
  2. Institutional investment in faculty involvement in education abroad;
  3. The professionalization of education abroad within campus and administrative structures; and
  4. Integration of the Standards and tools developed by other committees and working groups of The Forum into the fabric of education abroad at U.S. higher education institutions.

Advocacy Clearinghouse

The Advocacy Clearinghouse is a collection of resources intended to support advocacy for education abroad on U.S. campuses. The Clearinghouse is a project of The Forum’s Advocacy Committee, which seeks to support efforts to foster the integration of education abroad as an essential component of U.S. higher education. The committee welcomes submissions of resources for consideration.

 

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General
Institute of International Education. 2013 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Institute of International Education.
  • Educating upper administration re: study abroad nationally
  • Baseline for comparison to on-campus activity
Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE) Making the Case for Internationalization. American Council on Education (ACE).
Crafting messaging to articulate the value of internationalization to the institution.  12 sample statements.
NAFSA: Association of International Educators Contributing to Comprehensive Internationalization. NAFSA Resources for education abroad professionals.
 Compilation of education abroad professional development topics
 Terry, J.  2014 Reconnecting with our roots: challenges for international exchange. Exchange Matters.
Connection between international exchange and peace building.
Academic Success, Retention and Educational Outcomes
Schaeffer, G., & Neumann, E. 2011 Brief of Program Participants with a Pre-Departure GPA Below 2.5 & Their Academic Performance Abroad. University of California Education Abroad Program.
Broader access to study abroad opportunities — lower GPA requirements; argument for study abroad as a means to contribute to academic success of students (higher GPA abroad, improved performance & graduation rates)
Young, D.Y. 2008 Persistence at a Liberal Arts University and Participation in a Study Abroad Program. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, (15) 93-110.
Study abroad as potential contributor to student retention.
Sutton, R.C. & Rubin, D.L. 2010 Documenting the academic impact of study abroad: Final report of the GLOSSARI project. Paper presented at the annual conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Kansas City, MO.
Impact of study abroad on academic performance and retention (especially for at-risk students).
 IES Abroad  50-year Alumni Survey. Various Articles.
Long-term impact of study abroad on academic performance, personal growth, and career paths (for alumni of one organization’s programs).
McKeown, J. S. 2009 The First Time Effect: The Impact of Study Abroad on College Student Intellectual Development. Albany: SUNY Press.
Impact of study abroad on intellectual growth, especially for students without prior international experience.
Willett, T., Pellegrin, N., & Cooper, D.  2013 California Community College Student Outcomes Abroad Research Project.
Results of research comparing outcomes (retention, transferable GPA, degree completion, transfer rates) for students who did study abroad against those who did not.
 Kuh, G. D.  2008 High-Impact Educational Practices, excerpt from High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who has Access to Them, and Why They Matter. Washington, DC: The Association of American Colleges & Universities.
Identifies 10 high-impact practices associated with increased student success; includes study abroad within “Diversity/Global Learning.”
Paige, M., Fry, G., Stallman, E., Jon, J., & Josic, J. 2010 Beyond Immediate Impact: Study Abroad for Global Engagement (SAGE).  Report Submitted to the Title VI: International Research and Studies Program U.S. Department of Education.
  • Among surveyed study abroad alumni, study abroad experience was “by far the most impactful aspect of their undergraduate experience,” and “among the most influential experiences in participants’ lives.”
  • Documents impact on continuing global engagement, global values, educational/occupational decisions.
  • Advocacy for: philanthropy (working with alumni relations), destination (less traditional destinations more impactful), academic success (more likely to pursue graduate work).
Xu, de Silva, Neufeldt, D. 2013 The Impact of Study Abroad on Academic Success: An Analysis of First-Time Students Entering Old Dominion University, Virginia, 2000-2004. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, (23) 90-103.
 Impact of study abroad on academic success.
Posey, James T., Jr.  2003 Study Abroad: Educational and Employment Outcomes of Participants versus Non Participants. Electronic Theses, Treatises and Dissertations. Paper 469.
 Impact of study abroad on academic success (and career).
Holoviak, J., Verney, T., Winter, A., & Holoviak, S.  2008 Assessing Academic Performance through Study Abroad: Benefits of the Experience.
 Impact of study abroad on academic performance (at Shippensburg University).
Ingraham, E., & Peterson, D.  2004 Assessing the impact of study abroad on student learning at Michigan State University. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, (20) 83-100.
 Impact of study abroad on student learning (including academic performance).
Barclay Hamir, H.  2011 Go Abroad and Graduate on Time: Study Abroad Participation, Degree Completion, and Time-to-Degree.
 Study abroad as positive predictor of degree completion.
 Young, D.Y.  2008 Persistence at a Liberal Arts University and Participation in a Study Abroad Program. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, (15), 93-110.
 Study abroad and student retention.
Kuh, G. D., Kinzie, J., Schuh, J. H., Whitt, E. J., & Associates 2005 Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Study abroad as a high-impact educational activity, which positively predict student retention/degree completion.
Access
Schaeffer, G., & Neumann, E. 2011 Brief of Program Participants with a Pre-Departure Grade Point Average below 2.5 & Their Academic Performance Abroad. University of California Education Abroad Program.
Broader access to study abroad opportunities — lower GPA requirements; argument for study abroad as a means to contribute to academic success of students (higher GPA abroad, improved performance & graduation rates).
Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program  2005 Global Competence and National Needs: One Million Americans Studying Abroad.
Vision and recommendations for framing and funding study abroad in order to increase participation.
Willett, T., Pellegrin, N., & Cooper, D.  2013 California Community College Student Outcomes Abroad Research Project.
Results of research comparing outcomes (retention, transferable GPA, degree completion, transfer rates) for students who did study abroad against those who did not
NAFSA: Association of International Educators 2015 Resources for Supporting Diversity in Education Abroad. 
Highlights a number of resources that could be utilized in developing outreach material.
Berdan, S., & Johannes, W.  2014 What Will it take to Double Study Abroad? A “Green Paper” on the Big 11 Ideas from IIE’s Generation Abroad Think Tank. Institute of International Education (IIE).
  •  Increasing participation and access to education abroad
  • Identifies obstacles (cost, curriculum, culture)
  • Provides ideas and solutions to obstacles
NAFSA: Association of International Educators  2013 Curriculum Integration: Best practices (individual resources embedded and can be itemized).
  •  Increasing participation and access to education abroad
  • Various resources providing models, ideas and suggestions for institutional curriculum integration challenges
Woodruff, G., Doan, T., Hoff, J., Hall, R., Troup, P., & Hernandez, R.  2004 Students of Color and Study Abroad.  Paper presented at University of Minnesota Curriculum Integration Conference.
  • Increasing participation and access to study abroad
  • Increasing participation in study abroad by students of color
 Miranda, L.  2013 Identifying Student Perspectives: Addressing the Financial Barriers Facing Low-Income Students in Study Abroad. Master’s thesis.
  •  Increasing participation and access to study abroad
  • Increasing access to study abroad by students with low-income backgrounds
Sweeney, K.  2013 Inclusive Excellence and Underrepresentation of Students of Color in Study Abroad.  Frontiers: the Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, (23) 1-21.
  •  Proposes an “Inclusive Excellence Scorecard” as a tool for (U.S.) Institutions to examine the participation and success of students of color abroad
  • Barriers of access to study abroad for students of color at U.S. institutions
  • Increasing participation of study abroad by students of color
Blumenthal, P. & Gutierrez, R. 2009 Expanding Study Abroad Capacity at U.S. Colleges and Universities. Sixth in a series of white papers on expanding capacity and diversity in study abroad. Institute of International Education (IIE).
  • Challenges and strategies for widening access for U.S. students to education abroad
  • Increasing participation and access to education abroad
 Paus, E., & Robinson, M.  2008 Increasing Study Abroad Participation: The Faculty Makes the Difference. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, (17) 33-49.
 Increasing participation and access to study abroad (Mount Holyoke College case study).
Career Impact
British Council 2013 Culture at Work: The value of intercultural skills in the workplace.
Study abroad as a means to help students develop skills valued by employers
IES Abroad 50-Year Alumni Survey. Various articles.
Long-term impact of study abroad on academic performance, personal growth, and career paths (for alumni of one organization’s programs).
 Franklin, K.  2010 Long-term Career Impact and Professional Applicability of the Study Abroad Experience. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, (19) 169-190.
 Impact of education abroad on career skills and professional achievement.
Colby, A., Ehrlich, T., Sullivan, T., & Dolle, J.R.  2011 Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education: Liberal Learning for the Profession. Stanford: The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Promotes the importance of liberal education in business education including the importance of educating for global perspectives and intercultural learning through study abroad.
Parey, M., & Waldinger, F.  2008 Studying Abroad and the Effect on International Labor Market Mobility: Evidence from the Introduction of ERASMUS.
 Study abroad increases likelihood of working abroad after obtaining degree.
 Tillman, M., ed. Impact of Education Abroad on Career Development.  American Institute for Foreign Study.
Collection of articles discussing the relationship between education abroad and career development from a variety of perspectives.
Paige, M., Fry, G., Stallman, E., Jon, J., & Josic, J.  2010 Beyond immediate impact: Study abroad for global engagement (SAGE). Report submitted to the Title VI: International Research and Studies Program U.S. Department of Education.
  • Among surveyed study abroad alumni, the study abroad experience was “by far the most impactful aspect of their undergraduate experience,” and “among the most influential experiences in participants’ lives.”
  • Documents impact on continuing global engagement, global values, educational/occupational decisions.
  • Advocacy for: philanthropy (working with alumni relations), destination (less traditional destinations more impactful), academic success (more likely to pursue graduate work).
 Posey, J. T., Jr.  2003 Study Abroad: Educational and Employment Outcomes of Participants versus Non Participants. Electronic Theses, Treatises and Dissertations, Paper 469.
 Impact of study abroad on academic success (and career).
Trooboff, S., Vande Berg, M., & Rayman, J.  2008 Employer Attitudes toward Study Abroad. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad (15) 7-33.
Study abroad and employability.
Funding
Odgen, A. 2013 Fundraising & Education Abroad. NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
Highlights various sources to secure funding for education abroad.
NAFSA Funding & Fundraising. NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
Resources for learning about fundraising and includes various funding models to support international initiatives.
Institutional Recruitment/Strategic Enrollment Management
Joint publication of ACE, Art & Science Group, and the College Board 2008 College-Bound Students’ Interests in Study Abroad and Other International Learning Activities.
  • Demonstrates interest in study abroad opportunities among high school seniors.
  • Argument for study abroad, as a positive contributor to student recruitment.
Philanthropy/Fundraising
Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program. 2005 Global Competence and National Needs: One Million Americans Studying Abroad.
Vision and recommendations for framing and funding education abroad in order to increase participation.
Paige, M., Fry, G., Stallman, E., Jon, J., & Josic, J. 2010 Beyond Immediate Impact: Study Abroad for Global Engagement (SAGE). Report submitted to the Title VI: International Research and Studies Program U.S. Department of Education.
  • Among surveyed study abroad alumni, SA experience was “by far the most impactful aspect of their undergraduate experience.” and “among the most influential experiences in participants’ lives.”
  • Documents impact on continuing global engagement, global values, educational/occupational decisions.
  • Advocacy for: philanthropy (working with alumni relations), destination (less traditional destinations more impactful), academic success (more likely to pursue graduate work).
Soft Diplomacy
Terry, J. 2014 Reconnecting with our Roots: Challenges for International Exchange. ExchangeMatters, 6-7.
 Connection between international exchange and peace building.
Strategic Institutional Planning
Hudzik, J. K. 2011 Comprehensive Internationalization: From Concept to Action. NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
Understanding various motivations, rationales, and barriers to internationalization to help make a case for education abroad.
The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). Presidential Perspectives.
Highlights senior leadership international education advocacy.
The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA).  Provosts’ Perspectives.
Highlights senior leadership international education advocacy.
 Donatelli, L., & Myers, P.  2010 Study Abroad: An Integral Part of the Enrollment Model. 
Importance of study abroad to institutional strategic enrollment management planning.
Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE)  2012 Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses A program of the American Council on Education (ACE)
 Survey of internationalization across the U.S.
Student Development
IES Abroad. 50-year Alumni Survey. Various Articles.
Long-term impact of study abroad on academic performance, personal growth, and career paths (for alumni of one organization’s programs).